Here’s some thoughts I shared with the lovely people of Moonta at a concert I sang and played at.
We’re familiar with Christmas carols aren’t we, and often sing them without thinking of the full meaning of the words. I know I do.
In Silent Night there are the words “Jesus, Lord at thy birth”. What does this actually mean?
Jesus came to earth as a baby. The Almighty, the highest of the high, the creator of the universe, a spiritual being, He changed His form and came here to visit us in the form of a baby. He chose to experience this world, as we all here did. We were all babies once and so was Jesus.
But Lord??? In the dictionary the word ‘Lord’ means
– a person who has authority, control, or power over others, a master, chief or ruler
– a person who is a leader
– a titled nobleman or peer
– a high official
These are not terms by which we think of a baby. These are terms associated with adults, aren’t they. They are all about power, leadership, control. But a baby has none of these, it can’t walk or talk, it can’t do anything for itself, it is completely helpless, powerless and humble.
So how is it that Jesus was ‘Lord at His birth’ as the song says?
Jesus ‘came down’ to earth from His place in heaven. But when He took on human flesh, as a baby, He didn’t loose His status, His Lordship. His life didn’t have its beginning in Bethlehem, it has no beginning or end.
The prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus many years before His birth and said that Jesus was ‘Lord at His birth too’,
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The Bible – Isaiah 9:6
So at Christmas time we remember that even in the cradle Jesus was the Sovereign Son of God. He was Lord at His birth and He is Lord now. He can be Lord of your life too.